My favorite drama at the moment is Assorted Gems (aka Jewel Bibimbap, 2009/10). I think about it constantly, replaying selected scenes (especially of the lead couple) whenever I have the opportunity. A few sighs and giggles later, all is well again in my kdrama world.
About a month ago, when I was mulling over my nominations for the 2009 Editors’ Picks at Dramabeans, I was torn between Gyeongsuk, Gyeongsuk’s Father and Assorted Gems for best ensemble. In the end I picked the former simply because I had watched all of it.
I’ve now caught up with the 38 episodes of Assorted Gems which have aired so far (16 remaining) and know without a doubt that it’s the best ensemble of the year for me. From the oldest characters to the youngest, I love them all. Allow me to introduce some of them to you.
How many Korean dramas do you know that are named after animals? And a carcass-loving, bone-crushing one at that.
Like most people who watch K-dramas, I feasted (and sometimes choked) on the offerings from the three main Korean TV stations: KBS, SBS and MBC. It never occurred to me that I could sample other cuisines until a good friend raved about a certain cable drama and even offered to translate it for our fansub group. So that was how I was introduced to Hyena (tvN, 2006).
Likened by some to Sex and the City, Hyena subverts the premise of the famous American version by having four men (Kim Min-jong, Oh Man-seok, Shin Sung-rok and Yoon Da-hoon) in the lead roles. The drama is frank, funny and smart. Okay, the honesty and humor can be rather risque at times and we don’t even have to wait a whole episode to see a few bed romps.
But you know what? The drama isn’t just about sex. Far from it, in fact. It’s about (male) bonding and falling in love, friendship and family, trust and forgiveness, hopes and fears. You’ll laugh often, but prepare the tissues because you’ll need them. Sometimes you may even find yourself crying and giggling at the same time.
So yes, I love Hyena. Not the spotted version roving the plains and scaring the birds with its blood-curdling laughter, but the one that I savored for sixteen episodes, smacking my lips all the way. Come revisit the first episode with me.
What “altercation” was Teddy privy to in this scene?
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